GREENFIELD -- It wasn't their town or even their suspect, but Greenfield police said after a lengthy pursuit, they arrested a teen who was behind the wheel of a stolen car. The incident occurred early Thursday morning, January 5th.
Greenfield police said it's up to an officer's discretion whether to pursue a vehicle. It's their policy to bring it to an end using what's known as the "PIT" maneuver.
According to Greenfield police, officers were in Milwaukee early Thursday, looking for a vehicle and suspect involved in an armed robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction. What they are seen chasing in dash camera video though, isn't that car.
"The vehicle that the officer located matched the description of the vehicle we were looking for," said Greenfield Police Sergeant Chris DeGlopper.
As soon as police approached, Sergeant DeGlopper said the driver sped off -- winding through the streets near 17th and Mitchell.
"We are a strong believer in the PIT technique: Pursuit Intervention Technique," said DeGlopper.
DeGlopper said several parked cars were damaged when the vehicle came to a stop.
"Vehicles can be fixed. It's a lot harder to fix people," said DeGlopper.
Officers eventually got the suspect to come out of the car. With him on the ground, the 16-year-old was placed in handcuffs. Even though he isn't the guy police were originally looking for, DeGlopper said it's still safer with him off the streets.
"Our goal is to end the pursuit as fast as we can. We want to minimize the number of people in harm's way," DeGlopper said.
Greenfield police said they are still looking for the vehicle and suspect they were initially searching for. But they declined to offer additional details.
The 16-year-old driver in this case was arrested for operating a stolen vehicle and eluding an officer.